Brinkley dismisses superintendent charged with theft | Arkansas Blog

Friday, December 18, 2015

Brinkley dismisses superintendent charged with theft

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 12:24 PM

The Brinkley School Board reversed itself last night and voted to dismiss Arthur Tucker as school superintendent. He faces two felony theft charges for accepting $14,000 in auto allowances for a time when the district was in fiscal distress and he was not supposed to receive the money.

Linda Hamilton, a district principal, was named acting superintendent. Tucker has 30 days to ask for an appeal hearing on the decision. Under terms of the motion, he'll be paid for 30 more days.

The board voted 4-2 at a special meeting last night, Board Vice President Richard Ray said. At a meeting Wednesday, an effort to suspend Tucker failed. Tucker's attorney argued that he should be allowed to continue to work while the charge was pending.  Tucker contends he didn't know he couldn't claim the money after the fiscal distress period ended.

A local community group has been raising a ruckus about Tucker's continued work despite the charge, which grew out of a legislative audit released in January. 

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